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London Volleyball : Inter and Orcas to merge
Posted by Media Team on 2019/7/22 16:00:00 (135 reads)

National and London league clubs get together
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Two of London's leading clubs have announced they are to merge. With one stronger on the men's side and the other exclusively for women but playing at the very top of national competition, it's an interesting move,

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The clubs are Inter and Orcas so there will be a new name in the woman's Super League next season with Orcas becoming London Inter Orcas and in the National League first division with Inter becoming London Inter Orcas 2. In London, we will be playing against them in the London League in Women's Premier, Women Division 1, Women Division 2, Men Premier and Men Division 1.

The change should produce a stronger and more stable club structure with a streamlined administration offering a better "product" to potential sponsors and more interesting news story to the media. London volleyball wishes them well. Inter's team secretary, Ivan Moreno said, "For Inter this merger means the icing on the cake on our women section. There are still many things to work on but having Orcas joining us will give the club the opportunity to offer new players a chance to play the highest volleyball level in England. It will also open new doors in terms of sponsors as Orcas is a big brand in the volleyball community".

Brendon Hollands, Orcas Team Manager, explained, "Since its creation, London Orcas has existed as a stand-alone independent club making its achievements to date even more impressive. However, there were significant challenges in trying to operate in this way and the time felt right to join forces with a larger club to provide some valuable extra resources in all areas including coaching, training opportunities, player rosters, management and overall stability".

London Orcas was formed in 2009 as Surrey Orcas, initially being just the Surrey League's Spelthorne ladies team and a few friends from other Surrey teams who wanted to enter a team in the National Cup. In 2011 the team reached the National Shield final and the following season decided to enter National League. The team won consecutive promotions every year to reach the Super 8s in 2014, when the name and was changed to London Orcas to reflect a move to be based in Battersea.
The team has played in the top league unbroken since then, reaching the National Cup final in 2017, and finishing 3rd or 4th in the league for the last four seasons. Last season the team finished as the highest placed team in London.

Inter is longer established, founded in 2002 with the aim of building an international community of volleyball lovers. Years have passed, the club won a few championships with the Men's Premier Division team and promoted the women team to Women's Premier Division, in more recent years competing in National League.. However, ambition was much bigger. For the last three years the club has been working on creating a structure that offers a pathway from juniors to elite level within the club.

Ivan added, " All in the club are delighted with this merger. Orcas is not only a club settled at the highest volleyball division in England but also an excellent group of players and team personnel with great skills and experience that will help us to keep achieving our goals. Our only ambition is to keep up the hard work to engage a bigger community that enjoy volleyball as much as we do".

And Brendon said, "Like all the players I am excited to enter this new chapter and hope to push on together with the Inter family to even greater achievements at the highest level of the sport".

It sounds like an interesting development that should drive up standards of London volleyball and provide greater entertainment for the many supporters of the game who are keen to have more opportunities to watch top class action.

Contributor, Douglas Barr-Hamilton

Additional Material from Brendon Hollands, Ivan Moreno and Federica Vitali

Pictures, Brendon Hollands and Ivan Moreno

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